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My wife and I flew from Miami to Barcelona, via Madrid, on American and Iberia. It was a very smooth flight. We stayed at the Apsis Splendid, a nice little hotel close to Placa Catalunya. Overall a great location for La Ramblas and the Barri Gothic and old port. We had a nice Paella dinner in the old port, walked around and even went to the beach for an after dinner stroll. Barcelona is well worth an early day or 2 arrival, as it is a beautiful, easily navigable city, and has great restaurants, especially fresh seafood. Sunday morning we walked the Ramblas and people watched as we sipped Cafe con Leche, and then went to the port for embarkation. As with previous Celebrity embarkations this was extremely smooth. We had lunch on board and then unpacked our luggage, which had already gotten to the cabin, an outside cabin with balcony on Vista deck (7022). We liked the cabin a lot. It had plenty of room for 2 people, plenty of storage space, and we liked the balcony and the view it gave us of some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. After unpacking we walked off the ship and took some great pictures and had a short walk. We had cruised on Summit and Constellation and so knew the ship very well. We like Millennium a lot and felt right at home. After we sailed we had late sitting dinner, and had an early night. The first sea day was spent relaxing and enjoying the ship. It is worth mentioning that this cruise is a great way to see the "Must See" cities of the Mediterranean. It is port extensive, however, and you need to trade off the late night shows, disco, buffets and partying if you want to get up at 6am for the tours and early arrivals at each port. You simply can not do it all! We had an early night and set our alarm phone call for 6am. Villefranche is a beautiful quiet little town, and it is easy to visit Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes from here. We took the train to Nice, walked the old town, and the Coeurs Saleya Flower market, the old port and then caught the bus to Monaco. After a short walk around Monte Carlo we took a train back toward Villefranche. We got off the train at Beaulieu Sur Mer, the next town to Villefranche. We then spent the afternoon walking all the way around Cap Ferrat. Cap Ferrat is peaceful, beautiful and very quiet. There is a footpath which goes all the way around, although the path is uneven in parts, and hilly. To walk all around the cape will take you 3-5 hours. After walking around we relaxed for a while on the beach in Villefranche, and had a drink at one of the bars on the front. Late dinner was followed by a visit to Cova Cafe Milano (our favorite location on Millennium) The Spanish guitarist playing there or on the stern on the ship was one of the highlights of the ship's entertainment. The 6am phone alarm came too soon, but the all day tour for Pisa and Florence left at 7.30am. Florence and Pisa are beautiful, and well worth a visit. Florence in particular is incredibly beautiful. Italian traffic is notoriously busy, so I would recommend that ship's tours are the way to go when you want to visit the tourist meccas of Florence, Rome or Naples. If you are late, delayed in traffic, or on the train, or bus, then you will be out of luck if you miss the ship. These were the only 3 days that we took ships tours, and I would not consider doing these cities any other way. After a 10 hour tour and a late dinner it was time to set the alarm for another 6am wake up call for Rome the next day, and another 10 hour tour. Rome's traffic is awful. The bus to Rome arrived just in time for rush hour. We parked and walked to the Trevi Fountain. From there we walked through central Rome, the Roman Forum and ended up at the Coliseum. The Coliseum is spectacular by any standards and well worth a visit. After our visit to the Coliseum my wife and I were dumbfounded to see that we then had to get back on the bus and drive back out of Rome to have lunch. It took 1 hour to get to the restaurant, 1 hour to have lunch and 1 hour to then drive back to St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. This was the only problem we had with the 3 tours we took. It left us just a little over 1 1/2 hours in the Vatican. All too soon we were back on the bus heading back to the port at Civitavecchia. We arrived just in time. If we had been on our own we would have had problems. Another early night after dinner, and a 6am alarm. The next day we were in Naples. This was our third 6am wake up call for a 7.30am 10 hour tour. We arrived at Pompeii before it opened, allowing us the treat of enjoying Pompeii before the crowds arrived. Sorrento, for lunch, however, was overrun with tour buses. We could not help but think what it must be like in these tourist centers in July and August, when the Europeans go on holidays. Sorrento was beautiful and after lunch we took the ferry to Capri. Capri is spectacular, especially the ocean side of the island. To see Pompeii, have lunch and see Capri in one day can only really be done by ship's tour. If you want to go on your own I would not recommend that you try to visit any more than 1 of these locations. After 4 ports in 4 days the sea day was much appreciated. Rest was understandably the order of the day. The ship is a great place to relax. Service and food in the restaurant is consistently excellent. There are many bars and places to relax, including the outside pool deck and also the inside pool, both of which were heavily used on this cruise. The weather was wonderful, especially when we remembered that this was still only mid May. The gym and the spas are among the largest afloat and one of our favorites. The casual lunch and breakfast cafes are run of the mill, and not up to the same standard as the main restaurant, in my opinion. I do not like the fact that you have to make a reservation for the bistro alternative dining in a corner of the buffet area. Sometimes you don't know what you want to do for dinner until you get back from ashore. If you don't make reservations you have to go to the main restaurant or make do with pasta and the sushi bar. The sushi bar was consistently good, however. Celebrity is still a very traditional cruise line in the area of dining I feel, and I do not feel that this cruise lends itself to this type of restricted dining options. A little more dining flexibility would be a good innovation. After the sea day we arrived in Santorini. Wow! Santorini is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited. The pictures do not do it justice. It is spectacular. My wife and I were on the first tender, and up the cable car into Fira, before the early tours had disembarked. We walked to Oia, and must say that we were more than a little surprised in the reviews we had previously read that led us to believe that the walk was on a simple footpath. We walk a lot and this was not a simple footpath. It was quite literally up and over 2 very large hills. To say it was a spectacular walk, however, would be an understatement. Santorini is one of the most beautiful places with it's whitewashed buildings, blue church domes and buildings perched on top of the sheer caldera cliffs. We took the bus half way back to Fira, and then walked the rest of the way on the cliff side to Fira. The sunset was spectacular. We sat on the stern of the ship, listening to Spanish guitar music, watching the light change, enjoying a drink and gazing at the beauty of Santorini. Truly magical! The next day we arrived in Athens, again at 7am. We disembarked early, walked around the port to the far side of the ferry terminals and found the railway station. It is outside of Gate E6. If you leave the cruise terminal and keep on turning left around the port you will come to the railway station. The trains to Athens are regular and Monistariaki, the stop for the Acropolis and Parthenon, is stop #7. The Acropolis and The Plaka are well worth a visit. Athens is always hot, and after walking through the ruins and the narrow streets of the Plaka we had lunch, and made our way back to the ship. We enjoyed the pool for a late afternoon swim. After dinner we sat on our balcony and enjoyed our sailing away. The final sea day was spent enjoying the ship and relaxing. We even caught one of the shows. The entertainment is not what sets Celebrity apart. The shows are good but not exceptional. The food in the restaurant and service throughout the ship is excellent but the Olympic Restaurant is truly special. The food there is exceptional and we had a great dinner on the final sea day. Do not sail on a Millennium class ship without trying the specialty restaurant. You will be disappointed if you do. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, and not to be missed. Although I had seen many of these ports previously this was my first visit here, and I was not disappointed. The city walls are easy to walk, as are the narrow alleys and streets. After exploring for a while we walked to the beach and enjoyed a little time there. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty for Santorini on this cruise. In the same way nothing on earth can compare with the thrill of sailing into Venice for the first time. Sailing through the channels and twists and turns and then past St Mark's and the Grand Canal is inspiring. Venice is a wonderful city, one which everyone should see at least once in their lives. The narrow alleys, canals and the bustle of the Grand Canal create a magical city, which is truly unique. If you embark here then come early. If you disembark then stay over or make sure that you at least get an overnight stay. Venice is completely different after dark. We disembarked after a much too quick cruise and flew home, via London. With booking our own flights way in advance we got a great price and were able to make our own arrangements. We stayed over in London and went to a West End show and had dinner with my sister at one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants, all in all a perfect way to end a perfect cruise. This is a cruise I would recommend to anyone considering a European cruise. The culture, history and beauty of these great European cities is incomparable. If you want a sampling of these great locations then this is the cruise for you. Celebrity is a fabulous cruise line. The food, service and facilities are all first class. Their ships are clubby, warm and friendly, and make a really inviting base to travel on. If you can spring for a balcony go ahead. It really adds to the experience. At the least try to get an outside cabin to enjoy the passing views and sunrises and sunsets from.

Millennium - Western Mediterranean

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Cruise Nutt

Trip Details
My wife and I flew from Miami to Barcelona, via Madrid, on American and Iberia. It was a very smooth flight. We stayed at the Apsis Splendid, a nice little hotel close to Placa Catalunya. Overall a great location for La Ramblas and the Barri Gothic and old port. We had a nice Paella dinner in the old port, walked around and even went to the beach for an after dinner stroll. Barcelona is well worth an early day or 2 arrival, as it is a beautiful, easily navigable city, and has great restaurants, especially fresh seafood. Sunday morning we walked the Ramblas and people watched as we sipped Cafe con Leche, and then went to the port for embarkation.
As with previous Celebrity embarkations this was extremely smooth. We had lunch on board and then unpacked our luggage, which had already gotten to the cabin, an outside cabin with balcony on Vista deck (7022). We liked the cabin a lot. It had plenty of room for 2 people, plenty of storage space, and we liked the balcony and the view it gave us of some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
After unpacking we walked off the ship and took some great pictures and had a short walk. We had cruised on Summit and Constellation and so knew the ship very well. We like Millennium a lot and felt right at home. After we sailed we had late sitting dinner, and had an early night. The first sea day was spent relaxing and enjoying the ship. It is worth mentioning that this cruise is a great way to see the "Must See" cities of the Mediterranean. It is port extensive, however, and you need to trade off the late night shows, disco, buffets and partying if you want to get up at 6am for the tours and early arrivals at each port. You simply can not do it all! We had an early night and set our alarm phone call for 6am.
Villefranche is a beautiful quiet little town, and it is easy to visit Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes from here. We took the train to Nice, walked the old town, and the Coeurs Saleya Flower market, the old port and then caught the bus to Monaco. After a short walk around Monte Carlo we took a train back toward Villefranche. We got off the train at Beaulieu Sur Mer, the next town to Villefranche. We then spent the afternoon walking all the way around Cap Ferrat. Cap Ferrat is peaceful, beautiful and very quiet. There is a footpath which goes all the way around, although the path is uneven in parts, and hilly. To walk all around the cape will take you 3-5 hours. After walking around we relaxed for a while on the beach in Villefranche, and had a drink at one of the bars on the front.
Late dinner was followed by a visit to Cova Cafe Milano (our favorite location on Millennium) The Spanish guitarist playing there or on the stern on the ship was one of the highlights of the ship's entertainment.
The 6am phone alarm came too soon, but the all day tour for Pisa and Florence left at 7.30am. Florence and Pisa are beautiful, and well worth a visit. Florence in particular is incredibly beautiful. Italian traffic is notoriously busy, so I would recommend that ship's tours are the way to go when you want to visit the tourist meccas of Florence, Rome or Naples. If you are late, delayed in traffic, or on the train, or bus, then you will be out of luck if you miss the ship. These were the only 3 days that we took ships tours, and I would not consider doing these cities any other way. After a 10 hour tour and a late dinner it was time to set the alarm for another 6am wake up call for Rome the next day, and another 10 hour tour. Rome's traffic is awful. The bus to Rome arrived just in time for rush hour. We parked and walked to the Trevi Fountain. From there we walked through central Rome, the Roman Forum and ended up at the Coliseum. The Coliseum is spectacular by any standards and well worth a visit. After our visit to the Coliseum my wife and I were dumbfounded to see that we then had to get back on the bus and drive back out of Rome to have lunch. It took 1 hour to get to the restaurant, 1 hour to have lunch and 1 hour to then drive back to St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. This was the only problem we had with the 3 tours we took. It left us just a little over 1 1/2 hours in the Vatican. All too soon we were back on the bus heading back to the port at Civitavecchia. We arrived just in time. If we had been on our own we would have had problems. Another early night after dinner, and a 6am alarm.
The next day we were in Naples. This was our third 6am wake up call for a 7.30am 10 hour tour. We arrived at Pompeii before it opened, allowing us the treat of enjoying Pompeii before the crowds arrived. Sorrento, for lunch, however, was overrun with tour buses. We could not help but think what it must be like in these tourist centers in July and August, when the Europeans go on holidays. Sorrento was beautiful and after lunch we took the ferry to Capri. Capri is spectacular, especially the ocean side of the island. To see Pompeii, have lunch and see Capri in one day can only really be done by ship's tour. If you want to go on your own I would not recommend that you try to visit any more than 1 of these locations.
After 4 ports in 4 days the sea day was much appreciated. Rest was understandably the order of the day. The ship is a great place to relax. Service and food in the restaurant is consistently excellent. There are many bars and places to relax, including the outside pool deck and also the inside pool, both of which were heavily used on this cruise. The weather was wonderful, especially when we remembered that this was still only mid May. The gym and the spas are among the largest afloat and one of our favorites. The casual lunch and breakfast cafes are run of the mill, and not up to the same standard as the main restaurant, in my opinion. I do not like the fact that you have to make a reservation for the bistro alternative dining in a corner of the buffet area. Sometimes you don't know what you want to do for dinner until you get back from ashore. If you don't make reservations you have to go to the main restaurant or make do with pasta and the sushi bar. The sushi bar was consistently good, however. Celebrity is still a very traditional cruise line in the area of dining I feel, and I do not feel that this cruise lends itself to this type of restricted dining options. A little more dining flexibility would be a good innovation.
After the sea day we arrived in Santorini. Wow! Santorini is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited. The pictures do not do it justice. It is spectacular. My wife and I were on the first tender, and up the cable car into Fira, before the early tours had disembarked. We walked to Oia, and must say that we were more than a little surprised in the reviews we had previously read that led us to believe that the walk was on a simple footpath. We walk a lot and this was not a simple footpath. It was quite literally up and over 2 very large hills. To say it was a spectacular walk, however, would be an understatement. Santorini is one of the most beautiful places with it's whitewashed buildings, blue church domes and buildings perched on top of the sheer caldera cliffs. We took the bus half way back to Fira, and then walked the rest of the way on the cliff side to Fira. The sunset was spectacular. We sat on the stern of the ship, listening to Spanish guitar music, watching the light change, enjoying a drink and gazing at the beauty of Santorini. Truly magical!
The next day we arrived in Athens, again at 7am. We disembarked early, walked around the port to the far side of the ferry terminals and found the railway station. It is outside of Gate E6. If you leave the cruise terminal and keep on turning left around the port you will come to the railway station. The trains to Athens are regular and Monistariaki, the stop for the Acropolis and Parthenon, is stop #7. The Acropolis and The Plaka are well worth a visit. Athens is always hot, and after walking through the ruins and the narrow streets of the Plaka we had lunch, and made our way back to the ship. We enjoyed the pool for a late afternoon swim. After dinner we sat on our balcony and enjoyed our sailing away.
The final sea day was spent enjoying the ship and relaxing. We even caught one of the shows. The entertainment is not what sets Celebrity apart. The shows are good but not exceptional. The food in the restaurant and service throughout the ship is excellent but the Olympic Restaurant is truly special. The food there is exceptional and we had a great dinner on the final sea day. Do not sail on a Millennium class ship without trying the specialty restaurant. You will be disappointed if you do.
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, and not to be missed. Although I had seen many of these ports previously this was my first visit here, and I was not disappointed. The city walls are easy to walk, as are the narrow alleys and streets. After exploring for a while we walked to the beach and enjoyed a little time there.
Nothing can prepare you for the beauty for Santorini on this cruise. In the same way nothing on earth can compare with the thrill of sailing into Venice for the first time. Sailing through the channels and twists and turns and then past St Mark's and the Grand Canal is inspiring. Venice is a wonderful city, one which everyone should see at least once in their lives. The narrow alleys, canals and the bustle of the Grand Canal create a magical city, which is truly unique. If you embark here then come early. If you disembark then stay over or make sure that you at least get an overnight stay. Venice is completely different after dark.
We disembarked after a much too quick cruise and flew home, via London. With booking our own flights way in advance we got a great price and were able to make our own arrangements. We stayed over in London and went to a West End show and had dinner with my sister at one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants, all in all a perfect way to end a perfect cruise.
This is a cruise I would recommend to anyone considering a European cruise. The culture, history and beauty of these great European cities is incomparable. If you want a sampling of these great locations then this is the cruise for you. Celebrity is a fabulous cruise line. The food, service and facilities are all first class. Their ships are clubby, warm and friendly, and make a really inviting base to travel on. If you can spring for a balcony go ahead. It really adds to the experience. At the least try to get an outside cabin to enjoy the passing views and sunrises and sunsets from.
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